Minnesota Legislature: Week in Review: March 21-25

The session’s first committee deadline has come and gone — and the second is just a week away, on April 1. That’s the date by when committees must act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.

In other words, we’re in the thick of 2022 regular legislative session.

The invasion of Ukraine, climate change, felony murder laws, broadband, education policy, used car prices: lawmakers covered a lot of ground in recent days. Here’s a look back at what you may have missed. Have a good weekend.

Check out the latest gallery from House Photography and stay up-to-date on House news and updates throughout the week at Session Daily.

 

AGRICULTURE

Grants proposed to fund secondary education of meat cutting, butchery

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17288

 

Farm to School grants could double, add child care providers

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17271

 

BONDING

Is climate change part of the bonding discussion? Ratings agencies say it is

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17296

 

CIVIL LAW

Judiciary panel lays over felony murder law reform bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17283

 

COMMERCE

Provision allowing large brewers to sell growlers moves forward as part of omnibus liquor bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17310

 

Used car prices must be prominently posted under proposed legislation

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17292

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Economic development panel approves bill to extend broadband internet service to hard-to-reach households

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17284

 

Bill aims to help build community wealth by supporting shared ownership

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17273

 

EDUCATION

Omnibus education policy bill is unveiled, gets high marks from some

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17294

 

Legislation calls for end to disciplinary dismissals of K-3 students

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17286

 

Legislature could examine new ways to calculate compensatory revenue for MN schools

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17281

 

EMPLOYMENT

Bill proposes multi-pronged approach for easing MN’s human services workforce shortage

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17307

 

Millions in funding proposed to help workforce boards meet employment challenges

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17289

 

No action taken on proposed temporary extension of waiver for child care centers

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17278

 

ENERGY

Help could be on way for victims of polar vortex price spikes

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17299

 

Targeting more green innovation, bill would extend incentives to on-site energy storage

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17277

 

ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

House environment panel OKs bill to appropriate $47 million from state’s Clean Water Fund

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17300

 

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations OK’d despite no LCCMR recommendation

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17280

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Health panel hears bill to distribute free masks, COVID-19 antigen tests to Minnesota residents

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17308

 

House votes to reauthorize reinsurance program in individual market

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17305

 

House votes to fund $25 million on ALS research, family caregiver support

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17303

 

Health panel lays over bill on community-based dental care pilot project

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17291

 

House member hopes bill will spur discussion about end-of-life plans

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17285

 

Bill proposes tweaks to state’s substance abuse treatment licensing requirements

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17276

 

House health panel lays over bill to fund programs aiding trauma victims

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17272

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Free college grant program proposed for Minnesota State schools to aid future workforce

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17290

 

HOUSING

Keeping housing affordable the goal of community stabilization bill

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17297

 

With MN short on housing, bill would push production to increase homeownership

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17275

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

More help for vets? Service officers and organizations could see more funding

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17293

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Public safety panel approves $151 million bill proposing ‘innovative solutions’ to fight rise in crime

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17304

 

‘We’ve got to stop this behavior,’ says lawmaker sponsoring bill to punish disruptive spectators at youth sports

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17279

 

RECREATION AND TOURISM
Lawmakers consider creation of Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Office

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17306

 

STATE GOVERNMENT

House passes plan to scrub state investments of ties with Russia, Belarus

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17302

 

Legislative task force proposed to examine long-term aging costs

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17295

 

Time for a rebrand? House lawmakers consider measure to redesign MN’s flag, seal

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17274

 

TAXES

Minnesota businesses could get a tax credit for sending workers back to school

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17301

 

Could state’s surplus smooth way for eliminating taxes on Social Security benefits?

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17287

 

TRANSPORTATION

Could cameras slow MN’s speeding drivers? Legislation proposes pilot program to find out

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17309

 

With long waits driving customers crazy, lawmaker proposes plan to reduce frustration of getting new licenses, IDs

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/SessionDaily/Story/17282

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